Line-etching and sugarlift-aquatint on Hahnemuehle Buetten, 350 gsm
106 cm x 52 cm [41.7 x 20.47 inches]
Edition of 25, signed and numbered verso recto.
Produced by Mette Ulstrup and Niels Borch Jensen at Niels Borch Jensen Edition, Copenhagen.
About the work
From 1969 his signature inverted figures appeared, Baselitz seeing in this a way of combining the abstract expressionistic with the figure as iconic motif. This thematic has continued to the present day in his paintings, drawings, etchings, and woodcuts.
Having worked for many years against the mainstream of contemporary art, Baselitz has firmly established his reputation internationally, along-side his influence on the young German Neo-Expressionist painters, referred to in Germany as the ‘Neue Wilden’.
About the artist
German painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor Georg Baselitz was born in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony in 1938. After studying at Hochschule für Bildende Künste in East Berlin in 1956 and Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in West Berlin he became interested in the theoretical writings of painters such as Kandinsky and Malevich.
During the early 1960s Baselitz rebelled against the dominance of abstract painting, championing instead a more expressionistic and figurative art form with its origins in works produced by outsider artists. His work began to feature figures as ‘heroes’, ‘rebels’, and ‘shepherds’—sometimes depicted as physically disabled but presented stylistically as modern,’ otherworldly’ heroes.
Baselitz exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery in the exhibitions Georg Baselitz: 13 November - 11 January 1981 and Georg Baselitz: 7 September - 30 October 1983. More recent major museum exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York ; Aquarelles Monumentales, Albertina, Vienna (2003); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2007); Prints: 1964 to 1983, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2008); Galleria Borghese, Rome (2011); Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Baselitz as Sculptor, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2011–12); Essl Museum, Vienna (2013); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2013); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2013); and Georg Baselitz: Remix, Albertina, Vienna (2014). A major survey of Baselitz’s paintings and sculpture will be on view at Haus der Kunst, Munich through February 1, 2015.
His works are in many distinguished public collections, including Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Tate Modern, London and he lives and works near Munich, Germany and in Imperia, Italy. Baselitz is represented by Gagosian Gallery in UK and USA and Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Europe.
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